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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Happy Sunday!

I'm testing the new password--been hacked a couple of times recently, darn it!
"Children of Men" (2007) is the first movie I've seen this year, and it is superb. Set in England twenty years from now, after all human beings have become infertile, it deals with the collapse of hope, and the rebirth of dreams. While the performances are great, it is the direction (by Mexican auteur Alfonso Cuaron) that is astounding. There are action sequences here, done in a single take, that simply defy belief. Wow. And ultimately, the film is deeply affecting, and life-affirming in a way I haven't seen in a very long time. A superb science fiction film set in a fully realized world. Don't expect a lot of flashy effects--"Children of Men" doesn't need them.
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